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Behavioral Support

  Welcome to the Behavioral Support Page

 

Dear Families,

                It would appear that we will not be getting back to ‘life as we know it’ anytime soon. Emotions can run high and patience can become in short supply when we spend excessive amounts of time home and cooped up. The best intervention to address problem behavior is PREVENTION! Here are some supports to assist your family in managing this ‘new normal’ as you navigate school at home.

1. A Daily Schedule: I cannot express the importance of a written and consistent (as much as possible) daily schedule. This may look different based on the age and developmental stage of your learner. Do get your child involved in the creation of their schedule each day.

2. Limit Time on Electronics: This will be hard as much of your child’s learning may be on this platform. However, the concern is geared toward open-ended time on a device for play or continuous hours watching television.  The longer a child (or us adults for that matter) are on devices, the more difficult it is to turn them off and move onto something else. Eventually, when we are all back to school, your child will transition back easier if you have set up boundaries at home and they don’t have to leave their iPad ‘cold turkey’.

3. Creating and Setting Expectations: Now is a great time to have a family list of commitments/rules. Come together as a family to create 3 to 5. It could be as simple as:

=         Be safe

=         Be Respectful

=         Be Helpful

4. Praise and Reinforcement: Research shows that praising appropriate behaviors is one of the most effective ways to decrease inappropriate behavior. To increase effectiveness, attach the praise to a specific action; “Nice work helping me with the dishes”. You can NEVER give too much positive attention to appropriate behavior!

5. Provide Choice: Certainly, there are some things we tell our children that leave no room for negotiation, such as “hold my hand while we cross the street”. However, there are plenty of opportunities for choice throughout a day. When we offer structured choice to our children, we are giving them some power and responsibility for themselves. Offering choice can also reduce power struggles.

=         “Do you want to read this book in your room or here on the couch”?

=         “Do you want to do the breakfast or the lunch dishes”?

=         “Do you want to work on Math or Science first”

6. Watch for signs of distress and depression in all members of your family and access supports right away. If you feel your child is unsafe to themselves or to others, you may choose to utilize the Licking County Crisis Hotline by calling 211. Additional mental health support services are listed on the Related Services Webpage.

7. Responding to Problem Behavior: Here are some strategies that may be helpful in gaining cooperation from your child.

  • Setting Limits at times of opposition or refusal:

When/Then, or ‘grandma’s rule: “When you finish your Math then I can get you the Lego’s”.   “When you help clean up the dishes, then we can turn the T.V. on”.

If/Then: “if you want to play with the Lego’s then then you need to finish your finish your Math. If you don’t finish your Math then we cannot get the Legos’ out. If you want to watch T.V., then you need to clean up the dishes. If you do not help with the dishes, then the T.V. is off limits.

If you feel your child is unsafe to themselves or to others, you may choose to utilize the Licking County Crisis Hotline by calling 211.

8. Be a Model of Healthy Functioning for Your Children: Our current situation has us all on edge and understandably so. However, we can be upset, scared, angry, frustrated AND still manage our behaviors appropriately…this is called resiliency. There are great videos and device applications to assist with Mindfulness and de-escalation strategies. Please see the LCESC Behavior Support webpage for ideas and resources.

If you should have additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me by email. I will do my best to assist you.

Thank you and may you and your family be well.

 

Sherri Morgan M.Ed. BCBA, COBA

Behavior Analyst

Behavior Support Services Coordinator 

Licking County Education Service Center 

Mental Health Resources by Counties


In an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.


Licking County

Crisis Hotline 

DIAL 211



National Youth Advocate Program

(Mental health treatment including Diagnostic Assessments, Counseling, Psychiatry, and Psychological Assessments) 

(740)-349-7511

15 N 3rd St. 

Suite 300

Newark, OH 43055



Behavioral Healthcare Partners

(Mental health treatment including Diagnostic Assessments, Counseling, Psychiatry, and Psychological Assessments) 

(740)-522-8477

65 Messimer Dr. 

Newark, OH 43055



I Am Boundless

(Mental health treatment including Diagnostic Assessments, Counseling, Psychiatry, and Psychological Assessments) 

(740)-334-4056

116 W. Church St. 

Newark, OH 43055


Licking Memorial Pediatrics 

(220)-564-4000

1320 W. Main St. 

Newark, OH 43055



Licking County Health Department

(740)-349-6535

675 Price Rd.

Newark, OH 43055


Fairfield County

Crisis Intervention

(740)-686-8255

401 N Ewing St. 

Lancaster, OH 43130


New Horizons Community Mental Health

(Mental health treatment including Diagnostic Assessments, Counseling, Psychiatry, and Psychological Assessments) 

(740)-687-0835

230 N Columbus St.

Lancaster, OH 43130


Fairfield County Department of Health

(740)-652-2800

1550 Sheridan Dr. 

#100

Lancaster, OH 43130


Franklin County

Crisis Hotlines: 

Netcare (614)-276-2273


Youth and Adolescent Crisis Hotline

(614)-722-1800


Franklin County Food Pantry

(614)-228-2498

318 S. Glenwood Ave.

Columbus, OH 43223


Nationwide Children’s Hospital 

(614)-722-2000

700 Children’s Dr. 

Columbus, OH 43205




Nationwide Behavioral Health

(Mental health treatment including Diagnostic Assessments, Counseling, Psychiatry, and Psychological Assessments) 

(614)-355-8080

275 W. Schrock Rd.

Westerville, OH 43081


I Am Boundless

(Mental health treatment including Diagnostic Assessments, Counseling, Psychiatry, and Psychological Assessments) 

1-800-409-2729

445 E. Dublin Granville Rd.

Worthington, OH 43085


Franklin County Department of Health 

(614)-525-3160

280 E. Broad St. 

Columbus, OH 43215


Logan-Hocking County

Crisis Hotline

7990 Dairy Lane

Athens, Ohio 

1-888-457-8484


Smith Chapel Food Pantry

1333 E. Front St. 

Logan, OH 43138

(740)-974-1356





Hocking Behavioral Health Care Clinic

(Mental health treatment including Diagnostic Assessments, Counseling, Psychiatry, and Psychological Assessments) 

541 SR 664 N Suite C

PO Box 1145

Logan, OH 43138


Department of Health 

(740)-385-3030

350 OH 664

Logan, OH 43138


Knox County 

Crisis Support

Mental Health and Recovery for Licking and Knox Counties

(740)-522-1234

1435 W Main St. 

Suite B

Newark, OH 43055


Food Pantry 

(740)-362-5652

74 W. William St. 

Delaware, OH 43015


Behavioral Healthcare Partners 

(Mental health treatment including Diagnostic Assessments, Counseling, Psychiatry, and Psychological Assessments) 

(740)-397-0442

8402 Blackjack Rd.

Mount Vernon, OH 43050


Knox County Department of Health 

(740)-397-3333 Option #1

Public Health Emergencies during non business hours: (740)-397-3333 

11660 Upper Gilchrist Rd.

Mount Vernon, OH 43050 


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